November 3, 2009

From Grand Canyon to Verde Valley

With weather in Arizona at unseasonable highs, we decided to take advantage of the temperatures and run up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a couple days while it was still in the 70's at 7000 feet. We camped at the now virtually empty campground and enjoyed a campfire amongst the pines and junipers.

The next day we did our first descent INTO the Grand Canyon. This was our 5th visit to the Grand Canyon (3rd to the South Rim, plus twice to the North Rim). But, we'd never actually dropped off the rim before.

The description of the hike down to Cedar Ridge and O'Neill Butte is located over at my our other site, and you can click here to go directly:

The next day we headed south to the Verde Valley just below the Mogollon Rim to Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, AZ. This is a wonderful state park, with numerous hiking trails including access to the verdant Verde River, a beautiful marsh, as well as, the mid-sonoran desert.

a huge number of day options in the area for hiking and visiting such as Sycamore Canyon wilderness, Sedona red rocks country, Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle National Monuments, and the old mining town turned artists colony of Jerome.

We'll be staying here the next couple of weeks to stay warm and explore the area. So, the next several posts will be from the Verde Valley area.

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